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Children as combatants
Promoting violence for children
Children as combatants
Promoting violence for children
Kids part of Palestinian struggle, have been called “RPG kids” and “rock-throwing generals” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 29, 2013
PA TV’s program Palestine This Morning interviewed Dr. Jihad Al-Batsh, Vice President of Al-Quds University in Gaza, about the Palestinian Conference for the Palestinian Child and Challenges of the Twenty-First Century:
     Al-Batsh: “During the Palestinian struggle, President Yasser Arafat used to call them ‘the important ammunition, R.P.G. kids’ (i.e., rocket projected grenade). And during the first Intifada, they were the ‘rock[-throwing] generals.’ And even when he died as a Martyr, in his last moments before he died as a Martyr, he spoke of the Palestinian child.”
Girl recites poem on PA TV: "To war that will… destroy the Zionist's soul" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 29, 2013
"I am a Palestinian, my name is Palestinian
I've etched my name on all the town squares
In letters that stand out over the placards
The letters of my name pursue me, enliven me, nourish me,
They enflame my spirit and beat in my veins...
Saladin (Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem), calls to me from the depths of my heart
All my Arabness calls me to vengeance and liberation
My flag that was folded in Hattin (Saladin battle in 1187)
The person who summons to prayer in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] calls to us: "Save me"
Thousands of prisoners and thousands who are jailed
call to this great nation and call to millions
They say: To Jerusalem, the [first] direction of prayer [in Islam]
To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist's soul
and raise the Palestinian banner in the world's sky
And strengthen my word that goes on: Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian."
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Pictures posted on Fatah Facebook page glorify violence for kids 
Source: Fatah's Facebook page, Dec. 20, 2012
As part of its celebrations, Fatah posted two pictures on its official Facebook page showing young children holding automatic rifles:

 [https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 20, 2012]
[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 28, 2012]
Text on first picture:

     “The 48th anniversary of the Launch of the Palestinian revolution"
"My mother gave birth to me to fight, and Fatah gave me the gun.”

Text beside second picture:
     “This is Fatah, spark of the Palestinian revolution, the revolution that turned refugees
into fighters and turned fighters
into an army to build the state. This picture shows columns of refugees who Yasser Arafat turned into fighters by virtue of his keffiyeh (i.e., headscarf) and his revolution.”
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EU-funded NGO glorifies violence and hijackings - on PA TV program for youth 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2012
TV host 1: "People of Israel, don't get caught up in arrogance, the hands on the clock will surely come round.
Theft of the land does not scare us..."
TV host 2: "Expect us always, expect us where least expected.
We're in every airport, and in every ticket.
We emerge in Rome and in Zurich from under the rock.
[Note: Reference to PLO/PFLP hijacking of El Al plane in Rome in 1968 and the attempted hijacking of El AL plane in Zurich in 1969.]
We emerge from behind statues and flowerpots.
Our men arrive without warning, with the fury of thunder and the pounding of rain.
They come in the Prophet's robe and with Omar's sword (Muslim conqueror).
Remember, always remember that America, important as it is, is not Allah the Almighty and Omnipotent, and that America with all its strength will not stop the birds from flying.
A small rifle in the hand of a small boy can kill the big one."
TV host 2: "Good evening, dear viewers... Tonight you have greetings from the Palestinian Youth Association -- PYALARA and from PA TV. Today we greet the NGO Development Center -- NDC that helps us discuss youth affairs."
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Note: PYALARA, the co-producer of this program, is funded by NDC. For more information about the donors amd the full text of the poem, click "full article" below. 
PA daily sports columnist: "[Palestinian] children dazzled the world with only stones and RPGs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2012
In response to Hamas' ongoing rocket fire against Israel, on Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive aimed at crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. PA daily sports columnist Bader Maki demonizes Israel and glorifies violence for children in the following open letter:
      "My dear general [Michel Platini], you are currently the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and the Hebrew entity [Israel] is part of this union. Are you satisfied, my brother Michel, that this entity kills our children in Gaza? ...
This cursed entity must be kicked out of this sports union that believes in justice and fair play. The blood of [the children] Ahmed Abu Daqqa and his friends will not have been spilled in vain only if national unity is achieved. We must achieve it to honor the souls of our Martyrs (Shahids), especially those of our children who dazzled the world with only stones and RPGs in their hands. The occupier knows them well from the Intifada and Beirut."
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Jerusalem and "every inch" of land will be freed "by the blood of the youth" - girl recites poem on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 8, 2012
Girl on PA TV program for youth recites a poem:
     "They say I’m a terrorist, but I’m no terrorist
What can I do, Mother, they took my book away
They tied me up, blindfolded me and threw me in a tank
They threw me into a dark room under watch
They wouldn’t let me see you, Mother, and wouldn’t let me see my friends
I longed to go to school and I longed to have my games...
I swear by a child’s tears...
By the blood of the youth
Jerusalem will return to us...
We’ll free every inch from the foreigner's clutch."
Host: "Bravo, bravo, applause."
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Mother places suicide belt on child, on Facebook page for Fatah in Lebanon 
Source: Fatah's Facebook page, Sept. 3, 2012
"My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).
I asked her: 'What is this, mother?'
She said: 'I will put it on you and you will go to your death!'
I said to her: 'Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?'
She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: 'The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the Sons of Zion.'
I said to her: 'Why me and not you?'
She said: 'I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.'
I kissed her hand and said to her: 'Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.'"
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Note: The picture was posted on Facebook on Sept. 3, 2012. The Facebook page states that it is "the official page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon," and is linked to from the official website of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission (www.fatehmedia.ps).
Gazan children play "Jews and Arabs" with plastic rifles, sticks, and hammers  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 22, 2012
Headline: "Gaza: Poverty forces children to replace plastic rifles with sticks in their games"
     "During the Eid El-Fitr [holiday], many children exchanged plastic rifles for sticks and hammers [to use] as weapons when they played 'Jews and Arabs'. This shows the [financial] distress of the families of these children."
Fatah football tournament for youth named after 3 terrorist murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2012
     "In the presence of the family of Martyr Haitham Al-Naana, [and a representative of the security services], Fatah's Nablus branch sponsored the championship... of the third 'Martyrs Raed Al-Sarkaji, Anan Sobh, Ghassan Abu Sharakh, and Haitham Al-Naana Ramadan Football Championship' for youth born in 1996...
A closing ceremony was held... that began with a moment of silence and a recitation of [the Quran's] Surat Al-Fatihah, in memory of the heroic Martyrs."
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Note: Raed Al-Sarkaji, Anan Sobh and Ghassan Abu Sharakh were suspected of involvement in a shooting attack in the West Bank in which Rabbi ‎Meir Chai was killed, on Dec. 24, 2009. The three were killed a week after the attack by ‎Israeli soldiers trying to arrest them. ‎Haitham Al-Naana was also suspected of involvement in the attack that killed Rabbi ‎Meir Chai, and was killed in a brawl in April 2012.‎
8 summer camps named for the “courageous prisoners” and their “great sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2012
     "The Education Authority in Qabatiya opened eight summer camps at its schools, with the title, ‘Support prisoners out of esteem for their struggles'. Head of the Education Authority, Rima Daraghmeh, said: 'We are opening the summer camps today with the support of the Education Ministry, and under the banner of the great sacrifice of our courageous prisoners for the freedom and glory of the homeland.'"
Children call for shooting and throwing stones at Israelis as a way to fight against Israel’s "crimes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2012
     “As part of the activities at the environmental summer camp (Our Garden) being held at the coeducational school in Nablus under the supervision of the Palestinian Agricultural Development Association (P.A.R.C.), the children met with Khaled Mansour, coordinator of the national campaign to boycott Israeli goods, to discuss the boycott, which is considered a national and religious duty, and a weapon that allows the Palestinian people to hurt the interests of the Israeli enemy, occupying Palestinian territory. Khaled Mansour told [the children] about the occupation’s crimes – killing, home demolitions, arrests, land confiscation, roadblocks, and settler terror – and discussed with them what they thought every person could do to oppose these crimes. The children’s answers were: resistance to the occupier; attempts to cause it damage. Some of the children said, ‘We will shoot them,’ others: ‘We’ll throw stones at them’; others still: ‘We’ll hold demonstrations’… However, the majority said: ‘We won’t buy their products until they lose…’.
Palestinian kids told to replace cigarettes with guns - in UN-funded program 
Source: Burj Luq Luq Center website, June 11, 2012

Puppet 1: "I wanted to stand before the audience and sing to Jerusalem, which is being kept from us. Jerusalem, whose youth are being killed by the Jews. To sing and to say: Jerusalem, we are coming, Jerusalem, the time of death has arrived. Jerusalem, we will not surrender to the enemies or be humiliated."
Puppet 2: "What am I doing to myself [by smoking]? I, and many other youth like me, think that through cigarettes we will be adults and men. Jerusalem doesn't need youth who hold cigarettes. It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes."
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Note: According to the Burj Luq Luq Center's website where the puppet show was held, they are funded and have ties to the French Consulate, the Swiss Development Agency, the Italian Institutions' Union, the UNFPA, the [PA] Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNICEF and UNESCO.

EU-funded NGO for youth honors terrorist murderers on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 18, 2012
PA TV program Jerusalem Scenes honors Palestinian prisoners who planned suicide bombings that murdered many Israelis. The program is co-produced by PA TV and PYALARA, an NGO for youth funded by the EU, Save the Children and other international donors. 
PA TV host: "More than 250 prisoners from Jerusalem are held in the occupation's prisons... It is our duty to visit the families of some of the prisoners, to hear from them and to see how they encourage their children to continue in the path of their struggle against the Israeli occupation. The first prisoner from Silwan, Jerusalem, whom we wish to visit is Wisam Al-Abbasi, who was given 26 life sentences and another 40 years..."
In the home of prisoner Wisam Al-Abbasi:
Mother: "I'm the mother of prisoner Wisam Al-Abbasi, who was given 26 life sentences and another 40 years. I am proud and pride myself on having a son in prison."
In the home of prisoner Alaa Al-Din Al-Abbasi:
Father-in-law: "I always remember Alaa - a person of exalted moral values."
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PLO-sponsored educational program for youth held in center named after Munich terrorist and terrorist Mughrabi 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2012
    "The physical education department at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis completed the 12th educational [program] for its scouts team. It was held in cooperation with the university, and under the auspices and with the support of the [PLO's] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, at the Martyr (Shahid) Salah Khalaf Center in Al-Fari'a, for 40 male and female scouts... Participants were divided into four small groups, named for Martyrs: the Martyr Izz A-Din Al-Qassam group; the Martyr Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud group; the Martyr Bajes Abu Atwan group; and the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi group."
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Note: The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which sponsored the following sports tournament, is a PLO body whose members were approved last year by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - a founder of Fatah and head of the Black September terror group. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Izz A-Din Al-Qassam - influential Islamic preacher in British Mandate Palestine during the 1930s, who led a Muslim terror group.
Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud - poet who composed the "Song of the Martyr." He was killed in 1948 fighting against Israel.
Bajes Abu Atwan - killed fighting against Israel in the '70s.
Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Palestinian kids' blood is "fertilizer for the land of Palestine" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 24, 2012
PA TV narrator: "In the refugee camp Ein Al-Hilwe [in Lebanon], a rally was held in celebration of the [47th] anniversary [of Fatah]. A political symposium was also held on the occasion of the event."
Text on slide at event:
"Our children are our honor and glory,
they were created to be fertilizer for the land of Palestine
and to saturate our pure land with their blood."
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PA leaders applaud kids singing "I shall saturate you with my blood, redeem you with my life" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2012
Song performed by children at an event marking the 47th anniversary of the Fatah movement:
"How beautiful you are, my country
The love in my heart for you is great
You have brought up and educated
generation after generation,
You waited patiently and discovered your heroic children
Oh, my pure land, I shall saturate you with my blood
I shall live and die upon your green ground
Your ground satiates us, your goodness satisfies us
I shall redeem you with my life, oh my land
Your embrace warms us
Your ground satiates us, your goodness satisfies us
I shall redeem you with my life, oh my land
Your embrace warms us"
(emphasis added)
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Note: Present at the ceremony: Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; Secretary General of the Presidential Office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim; Secretary of the PLO Executive Council, Yasser Abd Rabbo; District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam; Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf.
Applause by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Secretary General of the President's office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and PLO Secretary General Yasser Abd Rabbo.
PA daily: “The children must finger their stones” as Palestinians are in a state of war until “the final victory”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2012
Excerpt from a full page article edited by Wasef Mansour, with articles dedicated to the anniversary of the commencement of Fatah activity, against background of Fatah logo. Author of this particular article unknown:
"State of love"
     "Whenever the invaders (i.e., Israel) run about the streets of our cities, all questions fall away except for one, which fills one's body and mind: How can we render the invaders helpless? How can we cause them to sail away on the sea to the blue eyes where they came from? The eyes of the invaders are different from our eyes, in their color and in their glance. Whenever the invaders run about the streets of our cities, all the children must finger their stones; all the youth must prepare themselves for war. We are in a situation of war up until the final victory."
PA funded magazine publishes essay by 11 year-old lauding Martyrdom-death 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Jan. 1, 2012
Essay entitled "How do you know that you're a Palestinian?" by Asil Khaled, 5th grade student from El-Bireh:
     "If you know that you were born with a death sentence, and if you go to your death without caring - then you're a Palestinian!
If your song is the song of Martyrdom (Shahada), and death, for you, is birth - then you're a Palestinian!
If you love death, and you say the Shahada [declaration] (i.e., the Islamic creed: "There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is Allah's messenger.") aloud - then you're a Palestinian!
If you've ever felt that you're an exploding body and that your soul will long one day to be a knight for the homeland - then you're a Palestinian!
If the stone is your weapon against oppression, and if those who hate [you] criticize your struggle - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have watered the tree of the homeland with your free blood, with love, and have offered the remnants of your bodily parts as a bridge for those who are yet to come - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have shattered the chains, and carried the key to the house from which [your] grandparents were expelled - then you're a Palestinian!
If your wedding (i.e., a Martyr's death and funeral in Islamic tradition are a wedding to the 72 Maidens of Paradise) was amidst a hail of bullets between the shoulders of friends [who carried your body], against the sound of tears mingled with joy and the searing pain of separation- then you're a Palestinian, and you're full of pride at being a Palestinian."
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Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers.
PA summer camp names children's groups after terrorists 
Source: Al-Ayyam, July 20, 2011
     "The head of the Public Relations Department of the Shahid Salah Khalaf Center, Nojoud Daraghmeh, announced the conclusion of the 'Palestine in the Eyes of the Children of Martyrs (Shahids) Summer Camp', which took place under the auspices of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and was organized by the National Association of Families of Palestine's Martyrs. [The summer camp was held] under the supervision of the National Committee of Summer Camps and with the participation of 70 boys and girls, the children and siblings of Martyrs from all [West] Bank districts. The summer camp included numerous activities and events. Participants were divided into four groups, named after leaders and fighters: Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat, Martyr Commander Salah Khalaf, Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, and Martyr Dalal Mughrabi. Several senior Palestinian Authority officials visited the summer camp, headed by [PM] Salam Fayyad and Fatah Central Committee members Jamal Muhaisen and Sultan Abu Al-Einein... A closing ceremony at the end of the summer camp was held under the auspices of Fayyad... who gave out awards [to officials involved in the summer camp.]"
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - in 1978 led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - the head of the Black September terror group. He planned many terror attacks including the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Abu Ali Mustafa - General Secretary of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He planned numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians during the Palestinian terror campaign (the Intifada, 2000-2005).
Poem in PLO youth magazine expresses pride in Jihad fighters who died as Martyrs 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2011
Poem by a girl in 8th grade, published in PLO magazine for youth, Zayzafuna:
“Look at Jerusalem and at the Dome of the Rock [Mosque] Whose moon is high in the sky
Raising its head [in pride] at its sons who have Died as Martyrs for its [the mosque’s] liberation There the mighty Jihad fighter died as a Martyr
And Jerusalem is proud of its heroes who defend it with stones. Oh Jerusalem, do not be sad, for your victory is near
With the song of birds up high
Asking its people to stone the enemy
Oh bride of time
Oh third holy place [to Islam] – we will redeem you with our life
Oh compass of the nation – do not be sad
For your victory is near, Allah willing
Victory, victory, victory, oh city of Jerusalem.”
Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
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